Ex-State Police Head Wants Troopers’ Lawsuits Dismissed

BOSTON (AP) — The former head of the Massachusetts State Police is seeking the dismissal of two lawsuits filed by state troopers who allege they were ordered to scrub embarrassing information from a police report about the arrest of a judge’s daughter.

In motions filed Tuesday, the lawyer for former Col. Richard McKeon says the report contained “irrelevant and salacious statements purportedly made by a young woman struggling with drug addiction.” He says McKeon’s order to change the report was in keeping with his supervisory duties.

Troopers Ryan Sceviour and Ali Rei are suing McKeon in federal court. McKeon’s attorney noted that neither trooper was fired.

McKeon retired abruptly in November after Gov. Charlie Baker said he was investigating the altered report.

Colonel Kerry Gilpin was picked to replace McKeon.

A 23-year veteran of the State Police with ties to Cape Cod, Colonel Gilpin most recently served as Deputy Division Commander of the Division of Standards and Training.

Gilpin started her career as a road patrol trooper working out of the South Yarmouth barracks.

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